Pedro Mendes, Ben Thatcher

Football's 11 most shocking tackles of all time

11. Benjamin Massing on Claudio Caniggia

Cameroon vs Argentina, 1990 World Cup

Argentina'™s flying forward Claudio Caniggia was not to make it through the Italia '™90 clash with Cameroon.

At least that's what the Indomitable Lions must have been told in their pre-match brief. This particularly powerful body-check came after Caniggia's impressive 80-yard solo dash failed to be halted by an attempted block on the halfway line and another cynical Cameroonian lunge moments later.

Massing'™s effort ensured his team-mates' ambitions were fulfilled, however, as his rhino-like charge sent the Argentine, just regaining his footing from the last attempt on his life, slamming into the turf.

Amusingly, Massing then kicked out at an opponent blocking his route to his boot, lost in the clash, before putting it back on in the vain hope that the ref would allow him to play on. He didn'™t.

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